Quanta Magazine's Q&A with Goldenfeld: Seeing Emergent Physics Behind Evolution

8/31/2017 Jordana Cepelewicz for Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine recently spoke with Goldenfeld about collective phenomena, expanding the Modern Synthesis model of evolution, and using quantitative and theoretical tools from physics to gain insights into mysteries surrounding early life on Earth and the interactions between cyanobacteria and predatory viruses. A condensed and edited version of that conversation follows.

Read more at https://www.quantamagazine.org/seeing-emergent-physics-behind-evolution-20170831/


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